CATALYST-Local Academy on DRR and CCA

In December 2013, 25 post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from across Europe and Mexico spent two weeks in Guanajuato State in Mexico to participate in the "CATALYST-Local" Winter Academy in order to learn from experienced trainers and local communities about the theory and practice of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The intention of the training event has been to enrich the research activities of the participants and increase their practical knowledge of the possibilities for and the limits to the implementation of the theory at the community level.

For more information about the first academy see our poster presenting the experience of working with the community of Las Palomas.

The next academy will be held in May 2015. Watch this page for the announcement in Aug. 2014.

Topics covered

• Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
• Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)
• Vulnerability assessment and risk analysis
• DRR and urban planning
• DRR and ecosystems services
• Participatory processes for DRR/CCA planning
• Adaptive agriculture
• Working in rural communities
• Communication of DRR/CCA plans and information
• 4-day applied project work

Programme 2013 (updated 29.11.2013)


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Programa de Investigación en Cambio Climático (PINCC) de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
The United Nations University Institute for Environmental and Human Security, Germany
Universidad de Guanajuato , Mexico
The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS)
Climate Service Centre, Germany (CSC)

CATALYST-Local is a follow-up initiative of the EU-funded CATALYST project ("Capacity Development for Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation"). The purpose of CATALYST-Local is to translate CATALYST knowledge products for the linguistic, cultural and institutional contexts of countries and communities.

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